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Two Students Shot at North Philadelphia High School

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Two students were shot at a high school in northern Philadelphia Friday, police said.

The suspected shooter, a fellow student, has been taken into custody, police said, while authorities search for at least one additional suspect.

A boy and a girl, both 15, were shot by at least one fellow student shortly after 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at Delaware Valley Charter School at 5201 Old York Road in the Olney section of the city, police said.

The high school is reportedly in lockdown while police are surveying camera footage of the inside of the school.

Both victims were shot in the arm and are in stable condition after being rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center, a block away from the school, authorities said. It is unclear how many shots were fired and the same bullet may have struck both victims, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

Commissioner Ramsey also confirmed there were seven students inside the gymnasium at the time of the incident, which was caught on the school's surveillance video.

Authorities believe the gunman is also 15 and it remains unclear whether the gun went off accidentally. Police said they identified the suspect from video footage and captured him not far from his home after looking up his address in the school's records system. The unidentified alleged shooter is currently being held for questioning.

All students have been evacuated from the building, while some teachers remain inside, police said.

Parents should not go to the school but can pick up their children at Fisher Ave. and Old York Road, police said.

Police have not recovered the gun, and said the suspect may have left it in the building. There are metal detectors at the school, and police say they are investigating how the student managed to get the gun into the building.

Delaware Valley Charter School has more than 600 students from grades 9 to 12. The school did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News.

This is the second report of a school shooting within a week. On Tuesday, a seventh-grade student at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M., used a shotgun to fire three times in the gym before classes started, critically injuring an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl.

Mason Campbell, 12, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for Tuesday's shooting, according to documents filed Wednesday at the Chaves County Fifth Judicial District Court. The charges are third-degree felonies.

Last month, a teenage gunman shot and killed a classmate at a Colorado high school. Karl Pierson, 18, initially arrived at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13 looking for school librarian Tracy Murphy. He was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun, two Molotov cocktails and 125 rounds of ammunition. Instead, Murphy shot classmate Claire Davis, 17, soon after entering the school before trying and failing to shoot Murphy, police said. Pierson then turned his weapon on himself and was later found dead from a gunshot wound. Davis died on Dec. 21 from her injuries.

The Arapahoe shooting took place on the eve of the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people -- most of them first-graders -- were killed.

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